If you are considering abortion as an option,
make an appointment to confirm your pregnancy.
Depending on how far along you are, the methods of abortion vary. We can provide you with information about the procedures and risks involved with each method and about your options so that you can make an informed choice. Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming and confusing. We are here to support you.
All of our services are free and your information is kept confidential. We do not perform or refer for abortions. All of our services are free and your information is kept confidential.
FAQs About Abortion
- There are various types of abortions depending on how far along the pregnancy has developed.
- An ultrasound is needed to determine how far along the pregnancy is and if it’s viable (progressing) or possibly a miscarriage. An ultrasound can also rule out an ectopic pregnancy which can be dangerous to the woman.
- There are known risks to having an abortion
- If you have an active sexually transmitted infection, it would be important to have that treated first before having an abortion. We can test for the two most common bacterial infections: gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Types of Abortions
The FDA has approved a medication called Mifeprex (generic is mifepristone also called RU-486) to be used up to 49 days after the last menstrual period. However, it is commonly used outside of this recommendation up to 63 days. The further along the pregnancy becomes, the great the possibility this type of abortion will not be complete. In that case, a surgical abortion will need to be done. A second medication is given 2 days after the Mifeprex if the abortion has not occurred and this is called misoprostol. This will cause the uterus to expel the embryo. There are other medications sometimes used to induce an abortion and these are considered “off label” because they are not approved by the FDA for that use. Be sure you are well informed about any medications that you choose to take. There are potential side effects to these medications that you should know. If you have taken Mifeprex and experience any of the following symptoms you should be seen by a doctor immediately:
- Heavy bleeding: soaking a pad in an hour for 2 hours
- Abdominal pain or generally feeling sick including vomiting, weakness or diarrhea
- Fever of 100.4 F or greater